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Are You Confused? I Am!

Dear Readers: Just a quick note to you about your email subscriptions.  As of late, my email subscribers have not been receiving my new posts.  I take this very seriously as most of you have been loyal readers.  Today, I have reset my email options, in order to try to reset the functionality of this service.  Hopefully, you got an email with a synopsis of the last few posts that might not of made it your way. Feel free to email me ...

Change: A New Day on Planet Earth…

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Change: A New Day on Planet Earth... earthlights in darkness Every time I come across questions that ask: What would You do if you ruled the world? or What changes would you make if You were Commander-in-Chief for a period of ...

Wedding Flowers: Trends of 2012

Summers are notorious for weddings.  And like hot days and lemonade, weddings and flowers go hand in hand! A wedding just wouldn’t be a wedding without flowers! Here’s a look at some of 2012’s wedding trends. White Bouquets The white bouquet is a classic. It will never go out of style. Traditional bouquets made of roses are romantic and timeless.  Kate Middleton’s Royal wedding bouquet was simple, yet chic and inspired other brides to follow suit. Rustic Flowers Using local wildflowers such as daisies, ...

What are Groundcovers?

If you are a regular reader of this flower blog, you may have noticed that sometimes we would say that this or that plant would be perfect for use as a groundcover. But do you know that we mean by “groundcover?” A groundcover (or sometimes, ground cover) is a plant used in landscaping to cover up and beautify empty areas, while preventing soil erosion and suppressing the growth of weeds. There are many different types of groundcovers available, ranging in sizes, forms and ...

Inspiration: Lessons We Wish We Had Learned Earlier…

“Never be ashamed! There are some who will hold it against you, but they are not worth bothering with.” J.K. Rowling Inspiration: Lessons We Wish We Had Learned Earlier... Follow your heart's dream... “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they ...

Gratitude: Changing Our Thinking

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson Gratitude: Changing Our Thinking ... Bees appreciate the flowers that give them nectar... Today, on my way to a meeting, I stopped at the security desk to show my ID. There was a short line and I noticed that each person just handed their ID to the security guard on duty, and without a word of hello or thank you on either side, sauntered off into the sunset… focused on ...

Friday Around the Water Cooler

This week the news loop went from WTF (Weiner, Trial, Floods) to CRAP. Isn't this the Judge Judy set? Normally, I go right into the stories you might have missed.  BUT the Caley Anthony trial has progressed into BIZARRE this week. As I am pretty sure you can't be escaping this story because it is on non-stop in the news but is anyone actually following the facts related to this case?  If the case itself isn't  convoluted enough, the crowds of spectators is the final push ...

Memorial Day Tribute

For all the service men and women who give their lives every day so that the rest of us can live ours. Below is a brief, two minutes long, yet  poignant video that I stumbled upon today that really drives home the importance of remembering the fallen, so we can rise up and carry on. If you’ve lost a loved one who served – all I can say is thank you! You may need tissues for this one…. Photo Credit - Creative Commons: Lindsey ...

A Major Mental Milestone Achieved!

Most people will tell you that there are several factors that drive success in life, regardless of the endeavor you seek to pursue.  Those factors typically include: perseverance, ambition, education, potential, desire, creativity, hard work, luck…etc.  However, one success factor that is very often overshadowed by the other factors is mental toughness. I personally, believe that mental toughness and the ability to rebound from adversity are two critically important factors toward successful weight loss.  I think anybody who’s struggled with their ...

7 Questions With an Author: Keri Wyatt Kent

This is my weekly series “7 Questions With an Author…” where I ask an author seven questions about their respective book and share their unedited responses with you. Today’s featured author is best-selling writer Keri Wyatt Kent. Here’s a bit about Keri excerpted from her web site,  www.keriwyattkent.com. Keri writes and speaks to help people slow down, simplify, rest, so that they can listen to God. When she’s not traveling around the country to speak and lead retreats, she’s writing. Keri is a ...

How I’m Learning Humility This Week

This week I’m attending a pair of communications-training conferences in Colorado. It’s been a great experience thus far – except for last night. Below is a video post I shot this afternoon where I talk about the first presentation we had to deliver and how I crashed and burned. Enjoy.

Vanitas

When this image peered out at me from my picture file I was reminded that Halloween is just around the corner. While in Rome not long ago, I dragged Mrs. Chatterbox to one of the gazillion churches to see a few famous Caravaggios. After viewing the paintings, I saw this sculpture by the door on our way out. At first I was startled by it, but not so much that I couldn’t snap a picture. This is referred to as a ...

How Sin Mirrors HIV

Today I have an article featured on the Life section of Provoketive Magazine online. Provoketive is a great site that takes an unconventional look at issues of faith. My piece addresses the under-reported medical fact that HIV doesn’t actually kill people – it merely allows other bacteria, viruses or infections to do the actual killing. That pattern is ironically similar to sin. Here’s an excerpt from How Sin Mirrors HIV: ========================= Death Lives Within Us We all know there are bacteria and other microscopic organisms ...

Don’t Know Much About Geography???

I’m the first to admit that I slept through most of the geography classes I’ve “taken” throughout my academic career. [EdiTOR's Note: I use the word "taken" in the loosest sense of the term since that implies retention of knowledge on my part, which is not the case.] I’m not proud of that fact – I’m just being honest. That’s why I’m amazed by those individuals who know can pinpoint Timbuktu or Kathmandu on a globe or those who can easily answer questions ...

Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the …

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After Holiday Sales

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After all the countdowns, markdowns, and breakdowns, Christmas is behind us for a year. You would think that shopping would be the last thing anyone would want to do. WRONG! According to the people that track this sort of statistic tell us that the day after Christmas nearly rivals Black Friday. So why doesn’t this …

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fun and Unique Vases

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Christmas is less than 3 weeks away! But there is no need to panic. There is still plenty of time to do your holiday shopping. And to help you, here are some fun and unique vases for the flower lover/gardener in your life. Hanging Light Bulb Vases Made from recycled light bulbs, these vases would look charming …

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Christmas Shopping

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I have started my Christmas shopping, but that’s not the type of shopping I’m talking about. Deb stopped over last night. She not only wanted to visit, but to peruse my knitted wares for Christmas shopping. How sweet of her is that?! We went through my FO’s and she selected some items for her family, and …

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Avoiding Cyber-Monday Scams

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I don’t know about you, but I’m an unrepentant self-admitted Cyber-Monday shopper. I simply prefer the convenience of shopping online for the holidays compared to the crowds and hassles associated with Black Friday which I try to avoid like the Black Plague. However, online shopping does have its own pitfalls – identity theft, computer hacking and compromised …

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Is it really about Thanksgiving? or “Why I’m boycotting ‘Black Friday’…”

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Well, the Season to be thankful has began, and its greatest day is already here. Thanksgiving day is all about family, friends, cooking, sharing, enjoying each other’s company and football! Be Thankful. It’s the word for the Season. “Thanks. And a whole lot more.” That said, I think I just got tired of being bombarded by the commercialism associated …

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